Tale of three Adventure Vans - 2008 Sprinter, 2017 Transit, and 2019 Promaster

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by HighTechCoonass, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Ranchworld

    Ranchworld Zoom Zoom

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    Are you going to put a light on the rear license plate?
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  2. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Yep its on the list!
    Trip update after a 5200 trip out west....
    Things I liked...
    Flatpack grill! This thing was the hit and its was perfect for the van. Packs up perfect. I use a brown paper bag to store the grill in the pouch.

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    Truma furnace / hot water system in the van. Supplied by Winnie. Furnace worked fantastic, the 20 liter hot water part of the system we are still figuring out to optimal wait time

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    it was a little cold!
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    parking the longer van was not difficult ... sometimes we cheated. Crowns we very low at Arches.
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    The KO2 do make more noise but they worked very well in the winter snow and slush...
    With the Kicker sub I added it helped override the noise.
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    One thing I will address, the 1300 watt inverter only powers the tv ac plug. I would like it to power the other van 120 vac outlets , but those are tied to shore power and the gen set.

    Solar Panels... that's nice.... I never ran low on DC power except on night I left the under carriage lights on for 14 hours and the 2 battery system dropped to 11.7.

    On the way home I pulled the bike on the Phoenix trailer. I did not notice any difference in the fuel mileage. Averaged around 16 MPG.

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  3. NorthIdaho800gsa

    NorthIdaho800gsa Bad influence

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    Bad ass setup.
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  4. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    No Fold A Flame from a fellow van loving inmate?
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  5. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Man, you're living my future retirement plan. :beer

    Is there any outside storage on the van. Storage for couple chairs, grill etc. I'm not seeing anything on any B vans like yours.

    Can your grill act as a firepit.
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  6. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    I really like that Promaster but I have seen Manatees that were better looking than that add-on front end. :-)
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  7. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I agree. They have been making a new front end for these in Europe for a few years... still no bringing them to the US.
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  8. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    wow ... I just checked them out, cool indeed!!
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  9. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    added the proper spare setup....


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  10. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    There is no outside storage (hatch cover access)
    I can use the grill as a fire pit also.

    under this cabinet I have a good deal of room. I have 3 chairs (helinox) , mini BBQ pit, axe, charcoal, mini tool set, etc.
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  11. MartiniUp

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    Would you recommend Dixie RV? We go by there every time we go to Biloxi for investment purposes. :rofl
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  12. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    another mod... microwave removal. This thing rattles like crazy and we never use it , so I yanked it.

    I put it aside in the event I want to put it back in. BTW - The function buttons are impossible to figure out how to work it.

    I also relocated the USB from the side on the kitchen counter to the front.
    I also had to do some wire rerouting and supporting them on the inner walls of the cabinet.
    I was able to fit a 21" X 21" X 14" deep drawer. I will build in a sliding utensil drawer.

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  13. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Yep... I was able to buy it for $79K so that was a great deal. Bobby (the sales guy was great).

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  14. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I also added a Toyota "off road" emblem (under the Winnebago logo here ) to keep people wondering.
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  15. MartiniUp

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    Looks like she is wondering why she chose you instead of that other guy with the $400K Newmar. :hmmmmm
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  16. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    That's my wonderful daughter wondering - why in the heck are you taking a picture of me? "Its not you dear, its the cool van in the background."

    Camp fire pic.

    Wife unit, my son and daughter. My son and daughter live in Flagstaff and met us in Tuscon for the weekend.

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    also camped for a night on Oak Creek in Sedona.

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  17. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    That UCO stainless steel grill/fire pit is nice, especially for the price. Saw this one recently: Fireside Outdoor Trailblazer stainless steel square grill/fire pit (12"x12") more packable unit to their 24"x24" Pop-Up Fire Pit. https://www.kickstarter.com/project...fire-pit-camp-stove?ref=5ltg91&token=4b6e1c66
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  18. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Thanks for the feedback . I think I rather the UCO pit. It’s simpler to fold and go. I later noticed they make two sizes. Here is a pic from the net - fire pit / BBQ pit.


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  19. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Ya sold me! Bought a discounted new larger one from evilbay last night!
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  20. theloop

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    HighTechCoonass. I really enjoying this post. When the weather is bad and you find yourself hanging out inside the van, are you more likely sitting on the bed visiting and hanging out, or in the front seats swiveled around. I like the 59k floorplan alot, just not sure about a wet bath, I would like it more if the put a shower where the rear closet is and made it a dry bath.
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